Balassi Institute is a network of cultural matchmakers, Hungarian centers of culture in 23 countries and all seeking to link up artists, academics, arts and culture professionals and audiences in processes of exchange and bridgebuilding between societies. It is an agency overseen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but enjoying substantial autonomy to promote Hungarian and Central European culture, often through collaborative efforts - a principle especially relevant in a scene as saturated with great productions as New York City and the United States. As the only US representation of the Balassi network, the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York attempts to present the multicultural past and present of Hungarian arts and society to American audiences while also inviting professionals and artists from the United States to engage with their Hungarian counterparts back home. The more Center succeeds in fostering Transatlantic cultural dialogues, the more it is fulfilling its principal role.
Gergely Romsics, director of the Hungarian Cultural Center and Advisor for Academic Affairs. Prior to accepting this position at the Center, Gergely was assistant professor in International Relations at Eotvos Lorand University and senior research fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs. He has considerable experience in promoting international cooperation in research and education, and oversees the Academic activities of the Center.
Zita Vadász, Program curator. Zita holds an MA in Political Science from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. She has worked with a policy think tank and polling institute in Budapest, before joining Balassi Institute in 2010. There she acted as liaison officer for Hungarian cultural centers abroad and worked on programs ranging from photo exhibitions to fashion shows in Hungary and neighbouring countries. Since November 2011, she has been overseeing cultural events and programming at the Center.
Szandra Nagy, Office manager. Before joining Balassi Institue in 2014, Szandra worked for the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice as protocol officer and event manager. She has completed a BA program in International Administration at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary.